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The Internet Archive Software Collection

The Internet Archive Software Collection is the largest vintage and historical software library in the world, providing instant access to millions of programs, CD-ROM images, documentation and multimedia.

The collection includes a broad range of software related materials including shareware, freeware, video news releases about software titles, speed runs of actual software game play, previews and promos for software games, high-score and skill replays of various game genres, and the art of filmmaking with real-time computer game engines.

Some highlighted collections:

The Old School Emulation Center (TOSEC) is a retrocomputing initiative dedicated to the cataloging and preservation of software, firmware and resources for microcomputers, minicomputers and video game consoles. The main goal of the project is to catalog and audit various kinds of software and firmware images for these systems. TOSEC catalogs over 200 unique computing platforms and continues to grow. The project has identified and cataloged over 450,000 different software images/sets, consisting of over 3.60TB of software, firmware and resources. The goal of the TOSEC project is to maintain a database of all software and firmware images for all microcomputers, minicomputers and video game consoles. In addition to this, the project also catalogs other computing and gaming resources such as software and hardware manuals, magazine scans and computing catalogs.

The CD Archive collects thousands of Shareware and Cover CD-ROMs from the heyday of the CD-ROM (late 1980s to mid 2000s) and provides ISO images as well as links inside these collections of software. With over 2,500 discs now hosted, the archive allows access to a wide range of historical collections, including curations by defunct groups like Walnut Creek and Linux/Unix distributions of the past. Other CD-ROMs include images and digitized music, documentation sets and game modifications. Most of these CD-ROMs can be downloaded as .ISO or .CDR files, as well as browsed online through the Internet Archive's file listing interface.

The DEMU collection is a curated collection hosting over 4,000 classic PC-based games from a quarter century. The collection contains shareware, freeware, and demo programs, all DOS or Windows-based.

The FTP Site Boneyard is a collection of various FTP sites from around the internet, gathering what were once the dominant form of file transfer online but which have fallen to the wayside in favor of other update servers and cloud-based storage. From the mid 1980s to the late 2000s, FTP sites would gather various needed patches, programs, utilities or information and make it available in a quick, seamless fashion. This boneyard contains many prominent FTP sites of the past, including MPOLI.FI and its ancient machine drivers, ftp.netscape.com and ftp.lotus.com. In all, many gigabytes of historical files are located here.

Many times, contributions and collections come in the form of a disk drive, or the output from a single hard drive's contents. Instead of delaying these items until they can be curated, the Disk Drives collection provides access to these large file repositories. In most cases, these collections can be browsed online, allowing access to all manner of user-created software writing dating from the 1980s-1990s period.

Built from the cache of an ISP that stopped providing a mirror after many years, the Linux Distributions collection contains many Linux and other Free OS distributions going back to the dawn of open-source operating systems. The collection primarily contains ISOs of the original CD and DVD-ROMs.

Many other groups are working hard to save and provide easier access to vintage software. Besides preserving the data off the original medium, these groups also classify, curate, and describe the software for historical context. In some cases, additional programs are provided to analyze the works and allow modern computers to access the material. The vintage software contains the many different efforts put out by these groups.

Be sure to browse the Software Sites collection, which gathers a number of now-dormant mirrors and collections to allow continued access to the older materials. Among the highlights are a 2004 TUCOWS mirror, a 2012 GITHUB gathering of deleted files, and others.

Finally, do not miss the Open Source Software Collection, which is the default contribution space for the users of the Internet Archive to keep copies of software available to all. Tens of thousands of programs, distributions and provisions are located here.

The Software Collection primarily provides the actual binary data for programs, as well as the original storage archives for files. If you are looking for manuals, books, or printed information, there are a number of other collections at the archive, including sections for manuals, computer magazines, computer newsletters and computer books.

Please contact Jason Scott, software curator at the Internet Archive, with questions, suggestions or possible donations to the collection.

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301works
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Amiga software
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academictorrents.com
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The IPA Software Archive
collection
2,464
ITEMS
0
VIEWS
collection
eye 0
An .ipa file is an iOS application archive file which stores an iOS app. Each .ipa file includes a binary for the ARM architecture and can only be installed on an iOS device. Files with the .ipa extension can be uncompressed by changing the extension to .zip and unzipping. Most .ipa files cannot be installed on the iPhone Simulator because they do not contain a binary for the x86 architecture. To run applications on the simulator, original project files which can be opened using the Xcode SDK...
Vintage Apple Macintosh Shareware Games
collection
27
ITEMS
4,130
VIEWS
collection
eye 4,130
Collection of Apple Macintosh shareware games, sourced from a large collection of (UK edition) Apple Mac magazine cover CDs, spanning mid-1990s through to early-2000s. Compiled, sorted and uploaded by vintageapplemac.com.
KSP CKAN Mods
collection
11,419
ITEMS
131,062
VIEWS
collection
eye 131,062
The CKAN is a metadata repository and associated tools to allow you to find, install, and manage mods for Kerbal Space Program. It provides strong assurances that mods are installed in the way prescribed by their metadata files, for the correct version of Kerbal Space Program, alongside their dependencies, and without any conflicting mods.
Topics: ksp, kerbal space program, mod, ksp ckan
CD-ROM Images
collection
4,113
ITEMS
0
VIEWS
by Various
collection
eye 0
These are images of CD-ROM software that do not have any other major documentation or scans. While they may have useful information, some effort will be required to extract the data.
OpenAMQ Message Queue Software History
collection
119
ITEMS
2,192
VIEWS
collection
eye 2,192
OpenAMQ is an implementation of the original AMQP protocol, developed by iMatix Corporation It was the reference implementation for the original (pre-1.0) AMQ Protocol (the AMQP 1.0 protocol diverged considerably from this original design). iMatix Corporation developed OpenAMQ from 2004 to 2009. The development history can be found on the iMatix GitHub page . This collection contains the original OpenAMQ source release archives, as they were originally released
Topics: software, source, message_queue, opensource, gpl, imatix, openamq, amqp
Archive CD Software
collection
1
ITEMS
741
VIEWS
collection
eye 741
Topic: archive cd software
Circuit Park Zandvoort
collection
71
ITEMS
14,516
VIEWS
collection
eye 14,516
Github Mirror by Narabot
collection
4,440
ITEMS
0
VIEWS
collection
eye 0
A collection of github projects and software automatically acquired by Narobot. Usually contains a single project and data related to it.
ZeroMQ Message Queue Software History
collection
76
ITEMS
114,103
VIEWS
collection
eye 114,103
ZeroMQ , also known as 0MQ, is a distributed messaging platform. It was originally developed by FastMQ (founded by Martin Sustrik and Pieter Hintjens) between 2007 and 2009, and then acquired by iMatix Corporation in November 2009. Since 2009 it has been developed by the ZeroMQ Project using the C4 development process . This collection contains the history of the early ZeroMQ releases.
Topics: software, source, message_queue, opensource, imatix, fastmq, zeromq
va.mu (301works.org Archive)
collection
16
ITEMS
13,381
VIEWS
collection
eye 13,381
Shortened URL archive from va.mu. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
One Room One Week
collection
100
ITEMS
2,268
VIEWS
collection
eye 2,268
Console Demos
collection
222
ITEMS
5,644
VIEWS
by Demoscene
collection
eye 5,644
The Demoscene has created wonderful programs for all sorts of platforms, including console systems. This collection means to highlight executable-in-browser versions of console-based demos.
Floppy Disks of Software
collection
332
ITEMS
25,433
VIEWS
collection
eye 25,433
This is a collection of various software programs that came on floppy disk media; while there are likely to be collections elsewhere at the archive, contributions often come in disparate piles of floppies and this collection holds them until being sorted more definitively.
BSD Distributions
collection
17
ITEMS
15,174
VIEWS
collection
eye 15,174
This collection contains iso file images of the numerous open source BSD variants currently out there. This is an ongoing project and the current status is: adding FreeBSD isos.
301stt
collection
1
ITEMS
25
VIEWS
collection
eye 25
Shortened URL archive from repost.us. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
PlayDrone APK's
collection
253
ITEMS
520,775
VIEWS
collection
eye 520,775
This collection contains Android APK's crawled from the Google Play store using PlayDrone .
301ur1 (301works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
8,727
VIEWS
collection
eye 8,727
Shortened URL archive from ur1.ca/. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301 works
bit.ly (301works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
23,840
VIEWS
collection
eye 23,840
Shortened URL archive from bit.ly. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
icanhaz.com (301works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
9,454
VIEWS
collection
eye 9,454
Shortened URL archive from icanhaz.com. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topics: 301works, icanhaz.com
ho.io (301works.org Archive)
collection
3
ITEMS
13,844
VIEWS
by ho.io
collection
eye 13,844
Shortened URL archive from ho.io. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
url.ie (301works.org Archive)
collection
110
ITEMS
14,610
VIEWS
collection
eye 14,610
Shortened URL archive from url.ie. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
nbl.gs (301Works.org Archive)
collection
28
ITEMS
13,875
VIEWS
collection
eye 13,875
Shortened URL archive from nbl.gs. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301 works
surl.me (301works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
86
VIEWS
by Appwapp.com
collection
eye 86
Shortened URL archive from surl.me. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301 works
mathga.me (301works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
10,743
VIEWS
collection
eye 10,743
Shortened URL archive from mathga.me. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
Spanish Homebrew Archive
collection
137
ITEMS
4,824
VIEWS
collection
eye 4,824
New creations for classic systems / Nuevas creaciones para sistemas clásicos
Topic: Spanish Homebrew Archive
urlizer.com (301Works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
13,361
VIEWS
collection
eye 13,361
Shortened URL archive from urlizer.com. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
miud.in (301Works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
12,987
VIEWS
collection
eye 12,987
Shortened URL archive from miud.in. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
snlg.ht (301works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
24
VIEWS
collection
eye 24
Shortened URL archive from snlg.ht. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Internet Archive Bibliographic Metadata
collection
20
ITEMS
459
VIEWS
by Internet Archive Web Group
collection
eye 459
This collection contains both external ("upstream") metadata dumps and Internet Archive generated databases and reports on our holdings of papers, books, and other documents.
tiny.cc (301works.org Archive)
collection
16
ITEMS
82,931
VIEWS
collection
eye 82,931
Shortened URL archive from tiny.cc. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301 works
qr.cx (301works.org Archive)
collection
2,307
ITEMS
40,471
VIEWS
collection
eye 40,471
Shortened URL archive from qr.cx. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
The evolt.org Browser Archive
collection
133
ITEMS
35,390
VIEWS
collection
eye 35,390
The evolt.org browser archive hosts historical copies of web browsers stretching back to the early days of the Internet. In addition to the most well-known browsers such as Internet Explorer and Netscape, it has several dozen other browsers which have seen use over the years. These can be invaluable aides in testing the compatibility and accessibility of a web site. For more information, please visit the evolt.org web site .
PlayDrone Metadata
collection
15,547
ITEMS
512,799
VIEWS
collection
eye 512,799
This collection contains metadata for the Android APK's in the playdrone-apk collection crawled from the Google Play store using PlayDrone .
URLcut.com (301works.org Archive)
collection
1,083
ITEMS
25,119
VIEWS
collection
eye 25,119
Shortened URL archive from URLcut.com. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
pnt.me (301works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
13,666
VIEWS
collection
eye 13,666
Shortened URL archive from pnt.me. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
301lcx
collection
2
ITEMS
11,043
VIEWS
collection
eye 11,043
Shortened URL archive from lc.cx. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301 works
zapt.in (301works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
12,560
VIEWS
collection
eye 12,560
Shortened URL archive from zapt.in. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301 works
lensrentals.com (301works.org Archive)
collection
1,716
ITEMS
39,622
VIEWS
collection
eye 39,622
Shortened URL archive from rn.tl (lensrentals.com). See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
urlbrief.com (301Works.org Archive)
collection
0
ITEMS
13,688
VIEWS
collection
eye 13,688
Shortened URL archive from urlbrief.com. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
Dumps of DISCOGS.ORG Metadata (2008-Present)
collection
47
ITEMS
12,106
VIEWS
by DISCOGS.ORG
collection
eye 12,106
This is an unofficial mirror of the DISCOGS.ORG data collection, which is located at http://www.discogs.com/data/ . Discogs, short for discographies, is a website and database of information about audio recordings, including commercial releases, promotional releases, and bootleg or off-label releases. The Discogs servers, currently hosted under the domain name discogs.com, are owned by Zink Media, Inc., and are located in Portland, Oregon, USA. Discogs is one of the largest online databases of...
The Internet Bootcade: Hacks, Boots and Rips
collection
6
ITEMS
325,785
VIEWS
collection
eye 325,785
The Bootcade is a collection of playable games from the stranger, seedier side of the years of the Arcade. As the demand for arcade games, especially best-selling ones, outstripped supply, an opportunity arose. Companies familiar with the inner workings of games, and with the ability to throw together parts and programming overnight, sold "close enough" versions of these sellers to a waiting audience of arcades and distributors. Many of these games were shortcuts personified - minor...
bioweb.me (301works.org Archive)
collection
335
ITEMS
18,437
VIEWS
collection
eye 18,437
Shortened URL archive from bioweb.me. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
l.frdl.de (301Works.org Archive)
collection
47
ITEMS
5,894
VIEWS
collection
eye 5,894
Shortened URL archive from frdl.de. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
lks.uk.to (301works.org Archive)
collection
1
ITEMS
13,306
VIEWS
collection
eye 13,306
Shortened URL archive from lks.uk.to. See www.301Works.org for more information about this project.
Topic: 301works
The Glorious Trainwrecks Software Collection
collection
243
ITEMS
20,055
VIEWS
collection
eye 20,055
Glorious Trainwrecks is about bringing back the spirit of postcardware, circa 1993. It's about throwing a bunch of random crap into your game and keeping whatever sticks. About bringing back a time when you didn't care so much about "production values", as much as ripping sound samples from your favourite television shows to use in your game, or animating pictures of yourself making goofy faces on your webcam. Where every ridiculous idea you had, you would just sit down and code. When...
ZX Spectrum Library: Educational
collection
149
ITEMS
21,146
VIEWS
collection
eye 21,146
Educational and learning programs for the ZX Spectrum. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
Atari 8-Bit Library: Demos
collection
553
ITEMS
46,365
VIEWS
collection
eye 46,365
Atari 8-bit computer demo disks, including graphics and sound demos, as well as commercial programs presented in truncated form as a "try before you buy". The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added...
MOCAGH.ORG: Mindscape
collection
1
ITEMS
1,190
VIEWS
collection
eye 1,190
Video Game Museum (VGMuseum.com) collection: Mindscape
Apple II Library: ASIMOV Miscellaneous
collection
110
ITEMS
6,052
VIEWS
collection
eye 6,052
Apple II Floppies from the ASIMOV archive - miscellaneous.
MOCAGH.ORG: Zenobi Software
collection
7
ITEMS
1,075
VIEWS
collection
eye 1,075
Video Game Museum (VGMuseum.com) collection: Zenobi
PC Online Cover Discs
collection
11
ITEMS
12,864
VIEWS
collection
eye 12,864
Cover CD-ROM and DVD-ROMs from PC Online Magazine.
Fun Online CD-ROM Coverdiscs
collection
12
ITEMS
14,702
VIEWS
collection
eye 14,702
Fun Online is a series of German-language CD-ROMs.
collection
eye 3,727
LOGIC was Canada's oldest Apple II/Macintosh user group. 
Internet Census 2012
collection
15
ITEMS
4,566
VIEWS
by Anonymous
collection
eye 4,566
Abstract While playing around with the Nmap Scripting Engine (NSE) we discovered an amazing number of open embedded devices on the Internet. Many of them are based on Linux and allow login to standard BusyBox with empty or default credentials. We used these devices to build a distributed port scanner to scan all IPv4 addresses. These scans include service probes for the most common ports, ICMP ping, reverse DNS and SYN scans. We analyzed some of the data to get an estimation of the IP address...
ZX Spectrum Library: Covertapes
collection
760
ITEMS
61,453
VIEWS
collection
eye 61,453
"Cover Tapes" for the ZX Spectrum, consisting of the images of cassette tapes that would be attached to the front of magazines or sold individually as the monthly package of new shareware and demonstration programs associated with a publication. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot...
Riki Cover CD-ROM and Floppies
collection
20
ITEMS
11,981
VIEWS
collection
eye 11,981
Riki is a Polish computer magazine which included cover CD-ROMs (and floppy disks) through their years of publication.
MOCAGH.ORG: Spinnaker Software
collection
2
ITEMS
705
VIEWS
collection
eye 705
Video Game Museum (VGMuseum.com) collection: Spinnaker
Software Library: Apple IIgs European Collection
collection
1,791
ITEMS
11,723
VIEWS
collection
eye 11,723
A collection of Apple IIgs floppy disks, imaged by Jorma Honkanen. Includes applications, games, graphics, and other titles for the Apple IIgs (with occasional non-gs titles mixed in). This collection is from Finland, and has a strong European connection and theme.
MOCAGH.ORG: Datasoft
collection
4
ITEMS
877
VIEWS
collection
eye 877
Video Game Museum (VGMuseum.com) collection: Datasoft
MAGS Competition Games
collection
442
ITEMS
37,121
VIEWS
collection
eye 37,121
MAGS is a monthly contest to create a game using Adventure Game Studio (AGS) on a given theme. The theme is usually chosen by the previous month's winner. The winner is chosen by an online vote in the Adventure Game Studio community . MAGS has been running since 2001, and over the years hundreds of games have been created for it.
Apple II Boot Videos
collection
864
ITEMS
63,318
VIEWS
by 4AM
collection
eye 63,318
A collection of recordings of booting Apple II programs, deprotected as part of the 4am project.
Software Library: Apple IIgs Educational
collection
53
ITEMS
5,186
VIEWS
collection
eye 5,186
Educational software for the Apple IIgs.
MusicBrainz Data Dumps
collection
425
ITEMS
12,957
VIEWS
collection
eye 12,957
The MusicBrainz Database is built on the PostgreSQL relational database engine and contains all of MusicBrainz' music metadata. This data includes information about artists, release groups, releases, recordings, works, and labels, as well as the many relationships between them. The database also contains a full history of all the changes that the MusicBrainz community has made to the data. Core data Artists Name, sort name, IPI, aliases, type, begin and end dates, disambiguation comment, MBID...
The Business Case
collection
62
ITEMS
25,043
VIEWS
collection
eye 25,043
The Business Case: Applications and Programs for the Home Office In the early days of home computers, the mere ability to work with a machine in your own home, far away from the requirements and constraints of mainframes, was an idea that sold itself. It was irrelevant whether or not the resulting work at any lasting purpose. As the machines themselves were often underpowered, this irrelevance came in very handy. Advances in the industry lead to machines with sound, graphics, and other...
Topics: Business Software, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Finance, Database
PC Joker Cover CD-ROM
collection
9
ITEMS
13,416
VIEWS
collection
eye 13,416
Der PC Joker war die erste Computerspiele-Zeitschrift für IBM-PC-kompatible Computer, die wie der Amiga Joker im Joker-Verlag erschien. Der Verlag hatte seinen Sitz in Haar (bei München). Herausgeber des PC Joker waren Michael Labiner und seine damalige Ehefrau Brigitta Labiner. Zu den bekanntesten Redakteuren des Magazins gehörten Carsten Borgmeier und Richard Löwenstein. Weitere bekannte Redakteure des PC Joker waren unter anderem Markus Ziegler, Michael Trier, Dieter Marchsreiter,...
Jeremy Barr-Hyde Australian Apple II Software
collection
92
ITEMS
4,602
VIEWS
by Jeremy Barr-Hyde
collection
eye 4,602
In 2016, Jeremy Barr-Hyde purchased an Apple II from Ebay, and imaged all the floppies from it. A description of the process is documented on this web page . This collection consists of the original .ZIP file of his work, as well as expanded emulated copies of the disk images.
Chip CD-ROM Collection (Polish)
collection
92
ITEMS
15,984
VIEWS
collection
eye 15,984
A collection of Polish-language cover CD-ROMs containing shareware and programs.
GITHub File Downloads 2012-12
collection
36
ITEMS
13,227
VIEWS
collection
eye 13,227
In December of 2012, the social code-sharing website GitHub announced that they would no longer be allowing uploads of "just files" into repository-affiliated "download" sections on their 3.7 million current repositories. This feature was used for a variety of purposes, including providing pre-compiled binaries, support documentation, and other contextual items related to the code being hosted. The decision was described by GitHub this way: Goodbye, Uploads In addition to...
ASIMOV Apple II Utility Software
collection
441
ITEMS
18,495
VIEWS
collection
eye 18,495
ASIMOV Apple II Utility Software
MOCAGH.ORG: TI 99/4a
collection
1
ITEMS
813
VIEWS
collection
eye 813
Video Game Museum (VGMuseum.com) collection: TI 99/4a
FreeBSD CD-ROM Media Collection
collection
109
ITEMS
18,189
VIEWS
collection
eye 18,189
Collection of FreeBSD Installation media, primarily from Walnut Creek CD-ROM. Contains installation programs, data files, optional installation files, instructions, and other support data related to the FreeBSD Operating system.
Computer Buyer Magazine Coverdiscs
collection
40
ITEMS
9,723
VIEWS
collection
eye 9,723
Cover CD-ROMs from the UK magazine Computer Buyer, which ceased publication in 2009.
Topic: coverdiscs
MOCAGH.ORG: Radio Shack
collection
1
ITEMS
688
VIEWS
collection
eye 688
Video Game Museum (VGMuseum.com) collection: Radio Shack
Antoine Vignau EDD Collection
collection
165
ITEMS
1,167
VIEWS
collection
eye 1,167
Description Forthcoming
MOCAGH.ORG: Acornsoft
collection
3
ITEMS
698
VIEWS
collection
eye 698
Video Game Museum (VGMuseum.com) collection: Acornsoft